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After Chattanooga attack, Phoenix-area military installation requests extra security

PHOENIX — A week after a gunman’s attack on a military recruiting office in Tennessee, an Army Reserve captain near Phoenix asked for and got a patrol near his military reservation.

Armed volunteer posse members from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office patrolled near the center in the West Valley city of Buckeye on Tuesday.

The installation near Yuma Road and Interstate 10 was one of many military-related facilities around the country that have seen a step up in security from armed volunteers.

Since an unstable young man shot and killed four Marines and a sailor at two military-related sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on July 16, some private citizens have armed themselves and set about looking after their local military recruiting offices and centers.

There’s no evidence that such centers are in danger, and the government isn’t
changing how they’re staffed, although some governors have temporarily moved
National Guard recruiting centers to armories and several have authorized Guard
personnel to carry weapons at state facilities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.